Yesterday brought three forms of warmth. Two were welcome – the other came in spite of objections.
RA is a disease of inflammation. As mentioned in an earlier post, inflammation is heat, redness, swelling, and pain brought about by an immune response. “Cold-bloodedness” was a hallmark of my life. My extremities were always cold. Right or wrong, this was attributed to circulation. But RA brought inflammation to the hands and mysteriously they started feeling warm. Sometimes they were downright hot. Placing my hands on my wife’s face demonstrated the change. While warm hands are preferrable to cold, it is a sign that inflammation is at work and that is unwelcome because with it brings joint damage and bone erosion.
The other two forms of warmth that came yesterday were quite welcome. Since cutting back on some church leadership activities over the past month due to RA, some close friends banded together to bring meals every Monday. We enjoyed a fine meal of chicken tetrazinni, broccoli, and peanut butter pie. That brough warmth to our stomachs and hearts.
The third form of warmth experienced yesterday was one that occurs several times a week. We are blessed to have a hot tub in the backyard (a nice thing to have in the Pacific Northwest). Even though it’s 25 years old, it works beautifully. Spending about 15 minutes in the hot tub with the children brought warmth to the achy joints and muscles. Even though the relief is short-lived, it’s a great way to end a day before jumping in bed.